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Wellington Independent April 11th 1863

The ship Roman Emperor, from London, Captain A King, with 103 adult passengers, 13 being families and 12 children (two of the latter born on the passage) cast anchor in Lyttelton Harbour on the 30th March, having left Plymouth on the 22nd December last, thus accomplishing the voyage in 97 days. The ship sighted Cape de Verde Islands on the 6th January; crossed the Equator on January 16th; saw Goughs Island on February 7th; Snares Rocks on March 24th; Made Otago Peninsula on March 26th; sighted the town of Timaru on March 27th; and from making the land, light variable winds and heavy fogs were experienced. The passengers, the majority of whom were able bodied men, proceed to different parts of the colony. The passengers presented their compliments to Captain King, Mr Williams, chief and other officers, and to Dr Hope, medical attendant. Glad to report all in good health. 2 births and no deaths.